Hibernate Search is a library that integrates Hibernate ORM with Apache Lucene or Elasticsearch by automatically indexing entities, enabling advanced search functionality: full-text, geospatial, aggregations and more. For more information, see Hibernate Search on hibernate.org.

We just published Hibernate Search version 5.8.0.Beta4, with AWS integration as well as bugfixes and improvements over 5.8.0.Beta3.

Hibernate Search 5.8.x, just as 5.7.x, is only compatible with Hibernate ORM 5.2.3 and later.

If you need to use Hibernate ORM 5.0.x or 5.1.x, use the older Hibernate Search 5.6.x.

5.8 status

We completed most of the work on new features and improvements for 5.8, and are now mainly working on performance improvements for the Elasticsearch integration.

As a consequence, you can expect the next version we’ll publish to be a candidate release.

Once the CR is out, we will only fix bugs, and functional improvements will have to wait until the next minor release.

So if you plan on using AWS integration, normalizers, analyzer providers, or SPIs for integration of dependency injection frameworks, now’s the last time to ask for improvements before the actual release!

What’s new in Beta4?

AWS integration

Building on the new SPIs introduced in Beta3, we added a new module allowing you to very simply wire your Hibernate Search instance to an AWS-hosted Elasticsearch cluster using Amazon’s proprietary IAM authentication mechanism.

You can find more information about how to use this integration in the reference documentation.

And more!

A summary of other notable changes:

  • HSEARCH-2783: the buffer_size_on_copy configuration property has been deprecated, because we now use Java NIO for file copy and thus don’t need explicit buffering anymore.

  • HSEARCH-2785: using .phrase() and .keyword() on the QueryBuilder for normalized fields no longer fails with Elasticsearch.

  • HSEARCH-2776 and HSEARCH-2777: javax.transaction dependencies are no longer incorrectly marked as optional in the OSGi manifest.

For a full list of changes since 5.8.0.Beta3, please see the release notes.

How to get this release

All versions are available on Hibernate Search’s web site.

Ideally use a tool to fetch it from Maven Central; these are the coordinates:


To use the experimental Elasticsearch integration you’ll also need:


And to also use Amazon’s proprietary IAM authentication mechanism to access your Elasticsearch cluster you’ll also need:


Downloads from Sourceforge are available as well.

Feedback, issues, ideas?

To get in touch, use the following channels:

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